London, Harper & Brothers, 1899. First Edition. First Impression. Hardback. A near fine copy. Wells revised the book in 1910 as he felt the present edition was rushed, commenting that it was 'one of the most ambitious and least satisfactory of my works' [Hammond, p94]. That said, it's one of the earliest dystopias, We, Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty Four all derive, consciously or unconsciously from Wells's vision of a regimented totalitarian state. Probably Currey's state A (198mm vertically). Very slight lean, some bumping to the spine tips and a little sunning to the spine, but nicer than often seen. [8785, Hyraxia Books].